Network: Sci-Fi
Air Dates: October 18, 2004 – March 20, 2009
Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Barber, James Callis, Grace Park, Tricia Helfer, Michael Hogan, Tahmoh Penikett

Chances are, close-minded folks resisted Battlestar Galactica under the impression that the Sci-Fi Channel drama was just another Star Trek; in other words, nerd central. Though it looks like that on the surface, Battlestar Galactica worked on deep and fascinating levels.

Part political allegory, part enthralling suspense vehicle, and part religious allegory, the highly addictive series executed some of TV's best storytelling from 2004 through 2009. And, as always, the nerds were smart enough to realize that. —MB